Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today accused the Modi government of crushing freedom of expression and launching witch-hunts against political adversaries (File Photo)(HT PHOTO)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today accused the Modi government of crushing freedom of expression and launching witch-hunts against political adversaries (File Photo)(HT PHOTO)

Telangana assembly polls: People even afraid of criticising Modi govt on mobiles, alleges Naidu

Chandrababu Naidu, also the Telugu Desam Party chief, also accused the Modi government of starting to target his party leaders with a series of raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation, Income Tax and the Enforcement Directorate after the party left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 06:48 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of crushing freedom of expression, spreading hatred among people and indulging in witch-hunts against political rivals.

“Modi is a brand ambassador for negativity, hatred and fear. People are afraid of even speaking over mobile phones, as his government targets anybody who raises a voice against it. We have not seen this kind of witch-hunting during the Congress regimes, which we had fought for several decades,” Naidu alleged in an interaction with the media during his poll campaign. Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party is contesting the December 7 Telangana assembly elections along with the Congress as part of a four-party grand alliance.

He claimed that there was no development, no freedom and no happiness in the country in the last four years of the Modi government. “The people of the country would sleep happily only after May 2019 when the NDA is going to step down,” he said.

Naidu, also the TDP chief, also accused the Modi government of starting to target his party leaders with a series of raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation, Income Tax and the Enforcement Directorate after the party left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Claiming it would not be surprising if he is himself targeted, he said this was the “grouse Modi has developed against me, because I started questioning his high-handed behaviour”.

He said Modi, perhaps, had not forgotten the past. “Following the 2002 Gujarat riots, I was the only NDA partner who had brought pressure on then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to sack Modi, who was the chief minister of the state then, in the interest of the nation. However, he (Modi) managed to continue and when he became the Prime Minister in 2014, I thought he was a changed man. But he continued to be the same old character,” Naidu said.

He also found fault with Modi for his gibes at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. “A politician should always be modest and humble. It gives a dignity to the post he is holding. But Modi lacks this modesty,” he said.

Asked who the prime ministerial candidate would be if the anti-BJP front comes to power after the 2019 general elections, Naidu said it was not the time to talk about it. “As a matter of fact, anybody can be a better Prime Minister than Modi,” he said.

Reacting to BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao’s petition to Parliament Ethics Committee seeking removal of TDP MPs Y S Chowdary and CM Ramesh on grounds of alleged financial irregularities, Naidu said Rao should also seek the removal of BJP president Amit Shah from Rajya Sabha as his son was also facing allegations of grave financial irregularities.

Addressing a series of road shows in Sherilingampalli constituency in the afternoon, Naidu said he had never claimed that he had built Hyderabad, as was being alleged by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders. “But yes, I had built Cyberabad and created excellent infrastructural facilities in and around Hyderabad. Even Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his son K T Rama Rao had acknowledged it in the past. Now, they are criticizing me for the sake of votes,” he said.

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Rumblings of discontent have begun to surface within the Telangana Congress against continuation of the grand alliance with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi after K Chandrasekhar Rao’s TRS swept the assembly elections.(PTI/File Photo)
Rumblings of discontent have begun to surface within the Telangana Congress against continuation of the grand alliance with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi after K Chandrasekhar Rao’s TRS swept the assembly elections.(PTI/File Photo)

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attend a meeting of opposition parties at Parliament House Annexe in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 10, 2018. (File Photo)(HT PHOTO)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attend a meeting of opposition parties at Parliament House Annexe in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 10, 2018. (File Photo)(HT PHOTO)

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Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amravati November 10.(PTI Photo)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amravati November 10.(PTI Photo)

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Deserted look inside Congress headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan in Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Deserted look inside Congress headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan in Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

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Deserted look outside Congress headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan in Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana on Tuesday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Deserted look outside Congress headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan in Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana on Tuesday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

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TRS leader K Chandrashekar Rao addresses the media after the party's victory in Assembly elections, in Hyderabad on December 11.(PTI Photo)
TRS leader K Chandrashekar Rao addresses the media after the party's victory in Assembly elections, in Hyderabad on December 11.(PTI Photo)

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UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 07:53 AM IST
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Assembly election results 2018: Out of the five states which went to polls in this election cycle, Telangana was the only one which had an umbrella coalition of anti-BJP parties.(HT File Photo)

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is greeted by his partyworkers as they celebrate their party's victory in the state Assembly elections, at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on December 11.(PTI Photo)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is greeted by his partyworkers as they celebrate their party's victory in the state Assembly elections, at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on December 11.(PTI Photo)

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KCR, as Rao is popularly known, has been one of the votaries of a broad-based non-BJP and non-Congress federal front.(PTI)

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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao was the first chief minister from a non-NDA party to openly support PM Narendra Modi’s “one nation, one poll” call.(PTI File Photo)

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TRS supporters celebrate outside TRS Bhavan, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

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Telangana Election Results: T. Harish Rao, who was Irrigation Minister in KCR’s cabinet.(Twitter/T. Harish Rao)

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The TRS shot ahead of its closest competitor the Congress in the early rounds of counting in the assembly election results.(HT Photo)
The TRS shot ahead of its closest competitor the Congress in the early rounds of counting in the assembly election results.(HT Photo)

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The one and only one factor that won the day for the TRS, appears to be the charisma of party president K Chandrasekhar Rao(PTI)
The one and only one factor that won the day for the TRS, appears to be the charisma of party president K Chandrasekhar Rao(PTI)

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